Specialty Shopping in Havana, Havana

Shopping in Havana will leave you not only with unique and beautiful memorabilia, but it will also let you walk in the shoes of Cubans themselves. Stroll the narrow streets of Havana and see all that the city has to offer. Choose from a variety of unique objects representing the culture of the city and its history. Below, you can see how to visit the best of the shopping spots of Havana.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Specialty Shopping in Havana Map

Guide Name: Specialty Shopping in Havana
Guide Location: Cuba » Havana (See other walking tours in Havana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: kane
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La Casona Centro de Arte

1) La Casona Centro de Arte

La Casona Centro de Arte has a magnificent collection of both local and foreign art works. As La Casona Centro de Arte is government-owned, it also supports and organizes sales and exhibitions of lesser-known Cuban artists. Here, visitors can find interesting works by unknown artists, which could become masterpieces in the future!

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm.
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Taller de Serigrafía René Portocarrero

2) Taller de Serigrafía René Portocarrero

Taller de Serigrafía René Portocarrero favors young artists from Cuba and gives them the opportunity to get their work exposed to the public. Here, you can find many prints and paintings. Prices vary from 30 to 150 pesos. An important feature of the gallery is that you can watch the paintings being created in front of your eyes.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm.
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Estudio Galería Los Oficios

3) Estudio Galería Los Oficios

Come and visit the Estudio Galería Los Oficios and witness Nelson Domínguez creating. You can buy some of his canvases and see most of the artist's works right here, at this studio gallery. Located in the old part of the city, it is entirely in the spirit of Old Habana and is a key stop for those wanting to experience the artistic site of the city.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm.
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Galería de Carmen Montilla

4) Galería de Carmen Montilla

Galería de Carmen Montilla is a gallery that occupies three floors of the former house of Carmen Montilla. The gallery was named after the famous artist that lived here, but who passed away a few years ago. Now, her home is the best place to see, appreciate, and buy her art.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 9 am - 1 pm.
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Habana 1791

5) Habana 1791

Habana 1791 is the best place to buy a perfume if you're searching for uniqueness and fine quality. The ones produced here are made from exotic tropical plants, grown only on the island. Another rare opportunity is to actually see the perfumes being made in the small laboratory in the back of the store.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Feria de la Artesanía

6) Feria de la Artesanía

Located between the harbor and the cathedral, the Feria de la Artesanía is regarded as the most visited market for handicrafts in Havana. The main focus is the souvenirs and you can get everything from woodwork to leather, from Che Guevara-related items to guayaberas. At some of the shops you can try your bargaining skills as well.

Opening hours: Thursday - Tuesday 10.30 am
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Palacio de la Artesanía

7) Palacio de la Artesanía

Palacio de la Artesanía is the area with the highest concentration of antique and specialty shops in Havana. Tourists can choose from a huge variety and at good prices. Clothing, jewelry, crafts, souvenirs, musical instruments, and of course cigars - everything is displayed right in front of your eyes and all you have to do is make the choice of what you want to buy.

Operation hours: 9 am - 7 pm.
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Taller Experimental de Gráfica

8) Taller Experimental de Gráfica

As stated in the name of the gallery, here you can find some unorthodox and bolder works than in the rest of the galleries in Havana. Taller Experimental de Gráfica is regarded as one of the most esoteric and eclectic galleries to buy from. Engravings and prints are priced between 15 and 800 pesos.

Operation hours: Daily 9 am - 5.20 pm.
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Galería Manos

9) Galería Manos

Different handmade souvenirs, such as dolls and masks, vividly express the Afro-Cuban culture which has been in Havana for centuries. Most of the art sold here is made by local people, and not professional artists.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.

Walking Tours in Havana, Cuba

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Havana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Clubbing in Havana

Clubbing in Havana

The nightlife in Havana is rich and diverse. Clubs and cabarets are an important part of this city. Havana has a lot to offer - from the famous cabaret Tropicana to the simplest but authentic cabarets. Take a sip of rum and enjoy a show, or go to a Western-style bar and dance until dawn. Feel enticed by the rhythms of Rumba and Bolero - these are some of choices available to you here in Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Cultural Walk in Havana

Cultural Walk in Havana

Havana is both the official capital of Cuba, and the cultural capital as well. Many galleries, cinemas, theaters, and music shops offer visitors a taste of the local culture - which is a mixture of native habits and ways along with those of the Spaniards, and later, U.S. influence. The following tour will take you for a short walk which will summarize it all.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Architectural Walk

Architectural Walk

Havana, once a major sea power in the Caribbean, still retains an aura of royalty and splendor. Take this walk and explore the architectural landmarks of the city and see mixtures of all the styles that have dominated major civilizations in the past several hundred years.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Cuban Freedom Fighters & Battles

Cuban Freedom Fighters & Battles

Since it was discovered by Spain, the Island remained under its rule until the late 19th-early 20th century. During that period, it saw a series of wars, revolutions, and coup d'etats. On this tour you will see the key places in Havana related to those events, as well as monuments to the key people who made them happen.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Museums of Havana

Museums of Havana

Havana has a rich history and was once the Spanish center of power in the Caribbean and South America. Later, it became the center of art, architecture and military power in the region. The museums in Havana can show you much of the city's history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Christian Churches of Havana

Christian Churches of Havana

Discovered and conquered by the Spaniards, Havana has turned into a major religious center of Catholicism in the Caribbean. Although a communist regime is in power at the moment, many of the churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings are preserved and still give a glimpse of the religious heritage of Havana.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Havana, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.